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DigiPILOT Maritime Shipping Fuel Savings vs ROI Chart PDF
According to IMO Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for Existing Ships:
GUIDANCE ON BEST PRACTICES FOR FUEL-EFFICIENT OPERATION OF SHIPS
Optimum use of rudder and heading control systems (autopilots)
4.18 There have been large improvements in automated heading and steering control systems technology.
Whilst originally developed to make the bridge team more effective, modern autopilots can achieve much more.
An integrated Navigation and Command System can achieve significant fuel savings by simply reducing the distance sailed “off track”. The principle is simple; better course control through less frequent and smaller corrections will minimize losses due to rudder (and hull) resistance. Retrofitting of a more efficient autopilot to existing ships “could” be considered.
DIGIPILOT cost only $25K per ship and 15% of the savings over conventional steering by actual underway drag (fuel saving, speed increase) comparison achieved as measured on each voyage for calculation of the usage fee.
The above table shows the results of an initial 1%, then 2% saving which is expected to improve to 3% during the 3 year annuity contract with development performed and improvements installed at no additional cost.
DIGIPILOT is the only one (or one of few IMO suggested) “best practice” concepts that on every voyage provides a measured percentage improvement over exiting steering. Its low technical risk, quick payback, very high ROI and resulting 1 to 3% fuel savings can yield an annuity of 6 to 12% added profit for high fuel use ships.
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